Body wax - Homemade wax for a divinely smooth skin

The ritual of body wax is not recent. Homemade wax goes back to ancient Egypt where women were encouraged to cultivate the ritual of hair free bodies.

They paid much attention to beauty and body appearance, and this was a perfect blend of cosmetics and hygiene.

The tradition continued into ancient Greece but declined in the mid 10th century. The attention we pay to waxing and hair removal still remains strong and present as a major part of our beautifying routine.

homemade wax

This body wax recipe is effective and pretty simple. After that, you can find recipes that soothe the skin and prevent any possible skin irritation and ingrown hair.

The name body wax is right, this recipe can be used as a leg and eyebrow wax, upper lip wax. You could also use it on your arms.

Ingredients for homemade body hair removal

7oz of honey
7oz of sugar
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon

You will also need:

a pan and tablespoon, preferably wooden spoon and
cloth strips which you can make out of an old shirt (cotton) or simply buy them at the pharmacy store.

Preparation:

  • Start out by caramelizing sugar. Set the temperature on medium high.
  • Stir sugar until it starts bubbling.
  • The color you are looking for is gold, that will indicate the sugar is ready and melted.
  • Proceed by adding honey and lemon juice, stirring the whole time.
  • When the mix is melted, drop the mass on a clean cotton towel.
  • Knead the mass until it becomes golden yellow.

This is where it becomes tricky. This body wax mix tends to harden quickly and you need to do something to keep it soft so you can mold it and apply on the skin. Unless you don't mind, you could use some saliva. It has enzymes that will break the honey and sugar and keep it moist and soft. Another option, is to prepare a small bowl and fill it up with hot water. Don't use it too hot, you might burn yourself, only hot enough so that you can use it. Then....

  • Spread the body wax on your legs, place the cotton strip over it (make sure it adheres), count to 3 and pull!
  • Always pull in the opposite direction of hair growth. This way, you will pull out the hair together with its root, which is the point of waxing.
  • Use short strokes until you get used to doing it, then you can start using long strokes.
  • To wash off the stickiness, simply rinse your legs with warm water.
Some women get so good in doing this, that they actually make strips out of this mass and have no need to use the cotton strips. For beginners, follow the above instructions.

If you prefer to make the mix so it is more liquid and that you can spread using a wooden stick, add more water while it is still melting. Make sure that the consistency is not too thick nor too liquid, it should be similar to pancake batter :)

As I mentioned, it might take you some time to get a hold of it, and it might happen that the mix hardens while you are still waxing. No problem! Either dip your fingers in hot water you already prepared and mold it until it softens, or return it to the stove and cook until it melts again.

Wax removal

This recipe for homemade wax hair removal may leave a sticky residue. Wax is not dissolved by water only, so you need to add something to it in order to remove it.Prepare this:

  • Boil 1 l of water (you can use distilled) and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda in it.
  • Rinse the legs off using a soft cloth.

The next day, when the possibility of irritation has decreased and your skin is smooth, prepare a mix that will certainly prevent ingrown hair.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of glycerin
1 teaspoon of corn flour
100 ml of distilled water
5 drops of essential oil of lavender.

Blend the ingredients and apply on the skin while gently massaging the skin.

Glycerin is a natural substance that attracts moisture and keeps it locked in. For skin care, this means that it is an excellent way to moisturize the skin. It is mostly used in soap preparation and in production of lip balms as it creates a barrier that stops environmental conditions from affecting the skin.

Lavender has a wonderfully calming effect, on both the body and mind. It leaves the skin soft and smooth, all the while giving out its soothing, irritation preventing effect.

Other options

Natural body waxes are becoming very popular because they are safe and chemical free. One of the more popular organic products on the market is Chamomile Body Sugar. Infused with chamomile, this sugar wax removes the hairs and leave the skin smooth preventing ingrown hairs and irritation.

Feel free to let me know how you liked these body wax recipes.

Would you like to learn how to make your own natural skin care recipes?

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A great resource for beginners and pros alike, Jane Church's e-book
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For more great resources, check out my friend Eva's excellent site: Get Great Legs. Guide to great legs for women gives you tips on combating cellulite, stretch marks, varicose and spider veins. Also leg exercises, hair removal options, beauty and pampering tips and tricks.

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